Baby elephant rescued from drain dies at Uda Walawe

23 June 2016 11:20 am - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The elephant calf that was less than a month old and had been rescued from an uncovered drain in Hambantota died last night at Elephant Transit Home in Uda Walawe.

The calf had been suffering with diarrhea, because of which it was treated by a veterinarian from the Embilipitiya Hospital, Wild Life Health Management Director Dr. Tharaka Prasad said.

However, the health of the calf did not improve despite treatment.

Incidentally, at the time the baby elephant was sent to the Elephant Transit Home, it was not suffering with diarrhea.

According to Wild Life Conservation Department Officials, the calf had been sent to Uda Walawe for treatment for a fracture in its leg which was caused when it fell in the drain.

Dr. Tharaka Prasad who carried out the post mortem examination into the death of the baby elephant said that in addition to the initial cause, internal bleeding in elephant's appendix was found during the post mortem.

For further examinations, tissue samples of the baby elephant would be sent to the Peradeniya University's Medical Faculty today, Dr. Prasad said.

The elephant is said to have recovered from the fracture to its leg, its health had been deteriorating due to diarrhea.

The veterinarian who was appointed to look after the baby elephant has been transferred to Kebiliththa for another official purpose.

After that, a veterinarian had not been available at the Uda Walawe Transit Home to look after the baby elephant that had fallen ill.

Dr. Tharaka said when he came to visit and treat the baby elephant, it was already dead. (Piyumi Fonseka)

  Comments - 9

  • Janaka Thursday, 23 June 2016 03:56 PM

    The baby elephant dies of internal bleeding. Are you telling us that the Wild Like hospital does not have equipment diagnose such problems, and reading the reports the doctors only treated wounds they could see external only, don't they think in this modern world of Human and Animal medicine internal injuries (wound s they cannot see with their eyes) does not happen. This is BAD MEDICAL PRACTICE. Typical in sri lanka for both Human and Animals.

    Thusita Thursday, 23 June 2016 06:31 PM

    sad news , Last time I read about this , he was recovering well !I guess not having a vet , at the location contributed to this tragic event .Me too , remember his eyes , when he was been pulled out of the drain by our kind people .sad day , But life goes on !!!!!

    kk Thursday, 23 June 2016 07:53 PM

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    ANTON Thursday, 23 June 2016 11:52 AM


    tharindu Thursday, 23 June 2016 12:19 PM

    That brought tears to my eyes.still can remember his eyes when he stuck in that uncovered in peace little fellow

    dham Thursday, 23 June 2016 01:13 PM

    Sad news become a baby elephants seems not good in SL. via DM Android App

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 23 June 2016 02:44 PM

    It is curious to note that the mother elephant refused to feed this baby when they were reunited. Could it be that the mother elephant or rather elephants have the ability, instinct and sense that the baby will not survive in the wild?

    Asoka Thursday, 23 June 2016 03:31 PM

    they should have dumped the CALF AT A TEMPLE instead of taking to transit homes...

    CitizenPerera Friday, 24 June 2016 07:14 AM

    What a sad state of affairs here in the Banana Republic. Baby Elephant sent to a transit home where there is no Vet and no one to treat an animal with diarrhea. What kind of savages are we?

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